They whistle where women are discriminated against: Three female referees make history in Qatar
Created: 11/29/2022, 11:55 p.m
By: Marius Epp
At the World Cup in Qatar, female referees will referee games for the first time.
Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga and Yoshimi Yamashita officiate in Qatar.
Doha – This has never happened before: Female referees are used for the first time in World Cup history.
FIFA nominated Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga and Yoshimi Yamashita for the finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The premiere is taking place in the Gulf State of all places, where women are massively discriminated against.
They were not used in the first week of the tournament (schedule for the 2022 World Cup).
Who are the three women anyway?
Three female referees at the World Cup: Frappart, Mukansanga and Yamashita ensure something new
France's Stephanie Frappart is by far the best known to European football audiences.
The 38-year-old is used to making history: in 2019 she became the first woman to officiate a major international competitive game, the UEFA Supercup between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC.
In 2020 she was the first referee to referee a Champions League game.
Salima Mukansanga comes from Rwanda and also has experience in men's football.
She is a trained nurse and midwife and earlier this year became the first woman to officiate a game at the Africa Cup of Nations.
"I have loved refereeing since I was a child," she said in an interview with
"I never thought I would achieve that."
Salima Mukansanga, Stephanie Frappart and Yoshimi Yamashita (from left) are at the World Cup in Qatar.
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The third in the group of referees is Yoshimi Yamashita.
The 38-year-old has eclipsed her male counterparts - she is the only referee from Japan at the World Cup.
She wants to "apply the rules like a machine" and "communicate her decisions as humanly as possible," she recently explained.
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In addition to the three main referees, three other linesmen are used: Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Diaz Medina (Mexico) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA).
Incidentally, the only German referee at the World Cup is Daniel Siebert.